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Old 05-18-2004, 08:25 AM   #121
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What happened to the compass did the threads strip out?
Hi Jorge

No, the weirdest thing - the liquid discoloured and the white plastic started to yellow. Lori didn't know what caused it (it's all inside the sealed plastic 'bulb'), but replaced it...

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ps She was very impressed with the compass mount and is considering how to make one up as a standard fitment!
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Old 05-18-2004, 10:50 PM   #122
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After a virtually sleepless night (noise in the corridor all night, then someone's car alarm went off at 0530 and intermittently afterwards, until I gave up and got up at 0730), I pack the bike and head towards my meet with a bunch of the chaps from ADVRider at Alice's Restaurant. I feel like shit. The tiredness which I've been suffering from for the last few days is now becoming a major distraction - plus I have a headache, which makes me feel like my head's in a vice...:(

I take a couple of Tylenol (headache) tablets and head off.

I arrive at Alice's at about 1230, to find a throng of ADVRiders in attendance. I'm still feeling crap and the headache persists, and I'm aware that I'm not exactly the life & soul of the party. I try to remember names (& fail miserably) and explain what I'm doing, where I'm going etc.



Ricky replaces my handlebar clamps (which are adjustable) with fixed ones (which look much better). Pierce and Crash are going to lead me on a long twisty ride south and east, after which I'll be visiting Ned (AARGHNUT! from ADVRider :P) and spending the night at his house.

After lunch, the team start departing to their various places of work, whilst Pierce and I fill up with petrol and, in company with Crash (bringing up the rear), we set off down Route 84 towards the PCH...

I'm in difficulty almost straight away. My headache and tiredness are now a significant factor and, after misjudging one of the (many) bends and having to do some late braking, I pull over and wimp out. Pierce comes back to see what's wrong after a couple of minutes & I explain to him & Crash that I'm just going to have a slow ride towards Santa Cruz BMW (where I plan to get my discs replaced later this week) and find a motel, close the curtains and rest up for a few days. Hopefully, whatever bug it is will be shaken by this.

We chat for 45 mins or so, then we go our separate ways. I feel a bit guilty - Pierce had sorted out a brilliant route and it looked like being a fun afternoon - I'm also going to have to ring and give my apologies to Ned & his wife :(

I ride slowly down the PCH and am convinced I've made the right decision. I'm so tired that I find myself distracted - pilots have a term for this - 'Break Off' - where you feel you are looking at yourself flying the aircraft - I had a similar feeling of detachment - I stop for half an hour and watch the kite-surfers off Pigeon Point...



I carry on, feeling slightly refreshed, and get to BMW Santa Cruz at about 1630. I book the bike in for its brakes to be done on Friday afternoon, find a reasonbly priced Motel 6 just down the road and check in. I can barely keep my eyes open. I ring Ned to cry off, but have to leave my apologies with his wife...

Despite everyone else's efforts, it's been a crap day...
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Old 05-19-2004, 07:39 AM   #123
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Hi Mike,,
Time to take a break and recharge. There are a few flu bugs that are going around at the moment...They are knocking the tar out of folks up here. From the sounds of your symptoms you may have one of them. Hopefully you can take a few days and rest in one spot and get rehydrated and well. Where you happen to be isn't a bad place if you can stand the noise factor in the hotel. Down the coast a bit is Monterey and Carmel; increasingly more expensive to stay in, but both places are great for some R&R. North of you is Santa Cruz and a bit further north is Half Moon Bay. Both might serve s good R&R spots as well. Watch out for the Vampires in Santa Cruz. It's where they filmed the movie The Lost Boys.
Hope you get to feeling better.
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Old 05-20-2004, 08:28 AM   #124
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As an interested outside observer (and physician) who has been following your adventure with great interest, I have been concerned about you ever since you started describing the appearance of unexplained fatigue over a week ago. I thought about saying something back then but didn't want to make too much out of something that might go away. Since your sypmtoms have actually worsened, I strongly suggest that you drop in to see a doctor (or go to an emergency room) and get checked out. Maybe Rad or Pierce can hook you up with an internist in Santa Cruz. Your symptoms could be a reflection of a wide variety of conditions, most no big deal but some which could be potentially serious.

Don't blow this off. Take care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon.
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Old 05-20-2004, 09:30 AM   #125
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As an interested outside observer (and physician) who has been following your adventure with great interest, I have been concerned about you ever since you started describing the appearance of unexplained fatigue over a week ago. I thought about saying something back then but didn't want to make too much out of something that might go away. Since your sypmtoms have actually worsened, I strongly suggest that you drop in to see a doctor (or go to an emergency room) and get checked out. Maybe Rad or Pierce can hook you up with an internist in Santa Cruz. Your symptoms could be a reflection of a wide variety of conditions, most no big deal but some which could be potentially serious.

Don't blow this off. Take care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon.
Mike, I second this opinion. I am not a physician like Kirkmoon, but am EMT certified. Please see a doctor to make sure something serious is not lurking..
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Old 05-20-2004, 09:32 AM   #126
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He replied in another thread that he's going to a clinic today.
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Old 05-20-2004, 10:02 AM   #127
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Old 05-20-2004, 11:58 AM   #128
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I am actually pretty impressed that he has felt as well as he has up until now.Being out in the elements on a bike for months has gotta kick your ass to some degree even if your tip top.I hope you start to feel better Mike.
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Old 05-20-2004, 12:31 PM   #129
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Old 05-20-2004, 07:36 PM   #130
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I am a little concerned that Mike didn't show up to have his tires replaced as he said he would. Do any of you Santa Cruz (Rad, Pierce?) folk know which Motel 6 he might be staying at? Any chance of giving him a call or dropping by to make sure he is OK?
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Old 05-20-2004, 07:47 PM   #131
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I am a little concerned that Mike didn't show up to have his tires replaced as he said he would.
Oh yes he did!

1300ish - just had the brakes done this afternoon & treated it to a jet wash as well - My Adv thinks it's its birthday

Not the cheapest day I've had on the trip so far

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Old 05-20-2004, 07:50 PM   #133
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Oh yes he did!

1300ish - just had the brakes done this afternoon & treated it to a jet wash as well - My Adv thinks it's its birthday

Not the cheapest day I've had on the trip so far

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Mike, glad to hear you're doing okay. A few of us here were concerned.
You feelin' okay, man? Did you go to the doc?
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Old 05-20-2004, 07:56 PM   #134
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Mike, glad to hear you're doing okay. A few of us here were concerned.
You feelin' okay, man? Did you go to the doc?
Yep, got a consult this morning, so was late for the appointment I didn't know I had with Fish - film at eleven - or tomorrow, maybe...

Thanks for your concern

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Glad to hear you're OK Mike!

Keep 'em coming! Between reading your thread and writing mine It's amazing I can get anything else done!

Your pics and narative are fantastic! WTG!
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